Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder
4 ‘My Love’ stars
“Trusting is hard. Knowing who to trust, even harder.”
Set in a harsh world where death is the punishment for murder, no matter if it’s manslaughter or self-defense, Poison Study is the story of Yelena, a young woman who was sentenced to death for murder. After spending months in prison, she is yanked out and informed that since the Commander’s taster has died, she will take his place as a food tester, to help detect poison in the Commander’s food.
“Poisoned, pursued and living with a psychopath. Not what I would consider the good life. Death has its perks.”
I really enjoyed this little book. For a high fantasy YA novel, it was very original in it’s plot and the main characters were very interesting. Valek for one was a mystery I was happy to attempt to solve. Valek was the assassin in charge of teaching Yelena about poisons and how to detect them. At first he seems like a total jerk, but as the book moves on, we uncover layers of his personality that make him a great hero.
“Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you. But you’ve slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”
Overall a very enjoyable read, and hopefully the other books in the series are good too 🙂